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File #: RES PH 19-359    Version: 2 Name: Setting the 2020 Sanitary Sewer and Storm Sewer rates.
Type: Resolution-Public Hearing Status: Passed
In control: City Council
Final action: 12/11/2019
Title: Setting the 2020 Sanitary Sewer and Storm Sewer rates. (Public hearing held November 6)
Sponsors: Amy Brendmoen
Attachments: 1. Notice of 2020 Sewer Rates Public Hearing on 11-6-2019

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Setting the 2020 Sanitary Sewer and Storm Sewer rates. (Public hearing held November 6)

 

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WHEREAS, the mission of the Public Works Sewer Utility is to provide a basic service of transporting sanitary wastewater to the regional treatment system and to provide this service at a reasonable cost; and

 

WHEREAS, Sanitary Sewer Service charges pay for the cost of operating and maintaining the sewage disposal system including the principal and interest on bonds sold for system construction and rehabilitation, and for paying Saint Paul’s share of the Metropolitan Council Environmental Services’ annual budget as provided in Chapter 473, Minnesota Statutes, and in accordance with the provisions of the Clean Water Act; and

 

WHEREAS, additional missions of the Public Works Sewer Utility are to collect and transport storm water to the Mississippi River through a separate system of pipes, to improve the quality of our storm water discharges and to provide this service at a reasonable cost; and

 

WHEREAS, the City of Saint Paul pursuant to Chapter 14, Article 19, First Special Session, Laws of Minnesota, 1985, and all other laws particularly Minnesota Statutes, Section 444.075 and applicable charter provisions, enacted Ordinance #17359 (6/3/86) establishing a Storm Sewer System Charge for the purpose of paying the cost of construction, reconstruction, repair, enlargement and improvements necessitated by the separation of the combined sewer system and for the maintenance, operation and use of the separated storm sewer system; and

 

WHEREAS, the Storm Sewer System Charge is based on a property’s anticipated contribution of storm water runoff to the storm sewer system, and is a function of its size and land use; and

 

WHEREAS, the Storm Sewer System Charge ordinance provides that the City Council may, from time to time by resolution, establish Storm Sewer System Charge rates for various land use classifications excluding legally exempt properties; and

 

WHEREAS, revenue collected from the Storm Sewer System Charge is used to pay back Sewer Revenue Bonds sold for constructing the storm sewer system and for paying for its operation and maintenance; and

 

WHEREAS, state, federal and watershed district mandated environmental programs have been imposed upon Saint Paul without accompanying funds; and

 

Now, therefore, be it RESOLVED, that pursuant to Section 77.02 of the Saint Paul Legislative Code pertaining to Sanitary Sewer Service Charges and upon the recommendation of City Administration, the Council of the City of Saint Paul does hereby establish the amount and basis for Sanitary Sewer Service Charges to be levied and collected effective January 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020 as follows:

                                                              

A flat rate of $4.48 per 100 cubic feet

                                                              

Be it FURTHER RESOLVED, that this rate reflects a 3.5% increase over the 2019 Sanitary Sewer Service Charge rate.

 

SANITARY SEWER VOLUME CHARGE

Properties served by meters one inch and smaller shall be billed quarterly. Properties served by meters larger than one inch shall be billed monthly, with the exception of one and two family homes which shall be charged quarterly. Charges for one and two family dwellings for the billing year shall be determined by the amount of water consumed, regardless of the size of the water meter, and the amount billed shall never be greater than the amount of water consumed during the quarter consisting of the first three months prior to the first billing of the year, except for those dwellings assessed minimum charges. Charges for all other properties, regardless of the size of the meter, shall be based on actual water consumption for each billing period.

 

SANITARY SEWER MINIMUM VOLUME CHARGE

A minimum sanitary sewer volume charge shall be levied and assessed to every property based upon water meter size. The minimum charge below shall reflect part of the fixed cost for basic sewer service:

 

 Water Meter Size

Minimum Volume Charge

 Bill Cycle

< 1“

$      7.20

per quarter

1” (single family dwelling)

        7.20

per quarter

1” (other)

      12.60

per quarter

1-1/2”

        8.80

per month

  2”

      20.00

per month

  3”

      42.00

per month

  4”

    104.00

per month

  6”

    200.00

per month

  8”

    344.00

per month

10”

    492.00

per month

12”

    680.00

per month

 

SANITARY SEWER BASE FEE

A sanitary sewer base fee shall be levied and assessed to every property based upon water meter size and shall be applied during every billing cycle, as shown below:

 

 Water Meter Size

 Base Fee

 Bill Cycle

< 1“

$      9.00

per quarter

1” (single family dwelling)

        9.00

per quarter

1” (other)

      24.93

per quarter

1-1/2”

      11.73

per month

  2”

      14.85

per month

  3”

      21.00

per month

  4”

      26.25

per month

  6”

      37.11

per month

  8”

      46.95

per month

10”

      56.31

per month

12”

      67.44

per month

 

Be it FURTHER RESOLVED, that pursuant to Section 81.05 of the Saint Paul Legislative Code pertaining to Storm Sewer System Charges and upon recommendation of City Administration, the Council of the City of Saint Paul does hereby establish the amount and basis for Storm Sewer System Charges to be levied and collected effective January 1, 2019 through December 31, 2019.

 

STORM SEWER SYSTEM CHARGE

                     Class                     Land Use Classification                                                                                                                               2020 Rate                     Unit

                     A                     Cemeteries, golf courses, parks, unimproved vacant land                     $    169.57                     Acre

                                             and one and two family residential land in excess of 1/3rd acre

                     B                     Railroad right of way                     339.15                     Acre

                     C                     One and two family residential properties less than 1/3rd acre                     101.38                     Parcel

                     D                     Condominiums and town houses                     68.19                     Unit

                     E                     Public and private schools and community centers                     930.78                     Acre

                     F                     Multiple dwellings, churches, synagogues and                     1,242.27                     Acre

                                             governmental buildings

                     G                     Commercial and industrial properties                     1,673.54                     Acre

 

Be it FINALLY RESOLVED, that these rates reflect a 3.5% increase over the 2019 Storm Sewer System Charge rates.

 

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